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FDNY honors death of Trucker Duke with memorial

An outpouring of aloha for a Maui child who inspired others, even after he lost his battle with cancer. This time, the New York Fire Department made sure Trucker’s spirit is never forgotten, during an emotional ceremony in the New York City on Saturday. The ceremony in Manhattan unveiled 5 plaques for Trucker that will hang along the walls of …

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If bill passes, law enforcement officers who’ve been fired for misconduct won’t be able to get a similar job

Should law enforcement officers who’ve been fired for misconduct be able to get a similar job at another agency? Some state lawmakers are saying no and a bill at the State Capitol would ban that from happening if it becomes law. The bill would prohibit any officer fired for improper behavior from any county police department, state department agency or …

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Maui and Kaua’i residents speak out about pesticides

Concerned residents from Maui and Kaua’i are set to testify in support of a pesticide regulation bill at the State Capitol requiring companies to alert the public before chemicals are spayed. If approved, the measure would also establish a pilot program creating pesticide buffer zones around five schools near commercial agriculture land. Proponents of the bill claim pesticide application made …

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Rep. Joe Souki is accused of sexual harassment

State Representative Joe Souki is accused of sexual harassment. A complaint was filed last fall with the Hawaii State Ethics Commission by the former head of Hawaii’s Department of Human Services. Rachael Wong is declining to say any more about the allegations pending the investigation. Souki’s lawyer says the allegations stems from something that happened three years ago and is …

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Hawai`i Ranked as Worst State for Driving

Hawai`i is the worst state in the United States for driving, according to a study by WalletHub. The study took into account 23 different factors, including gas prices, rush hour traffic, and road quality. Hawai`i is ranked below Washington State and Maryland. The best states for driving are Texas, Kansas and Nebraska.

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Arrest warrant issued for man who refused to address Maui judge in English

Speaking Hawaiian inside a Maui courtroom could land a Kula man behind bars. Trial for a Haleakala telescope protestor was scheduled to start at District Court in Wailuku Wednesday morning but it didn’t get very far. 51-year-old defendant Samuel Kaleikoa Kaeo identified he was present in court, speaking Hawaiian instead of English. When presiding Judge Blaine Kobayashi told Kaeo he …

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Why didn’t I receive an alert on my phone for tsunami watch?

Less than two weeks after Hawaii’s chaotic brush with a false missile alarm, a major earthquake off Alaska triggered a tsunami watch for the Hawaiian Islands. The magnitude 7.9 quake struck south of Anchorage at around 11:31 p.m. Monday. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a tsunami watch within 15 minutes. Gov. Ige and other state and county officials met …

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Lawmakers hold informational briefing on false missile warning

It’s the single event many still want answers to. Nearly a week after the State’s false alarm, Hawaii lawmakers are putting the pressure on officials in charge.  The governor, a pair of generals and HI-EMA’s Vern Miyagi were the targets of those questions. Keep in mind, the investigation into that event that sent the state into panic is ongoing. Still, …

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Advisors from the Federal Communications Commission are in Hawaii looking for answers after Saturday’s false alert

The State’s mistaken missile alert sent panic across Hawaii, it also reached Washington D.C. The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission announced soon after of an investigation of the false message. “The chairman said that this event is unacceptable and that it has damaged public confidence in the system in particular. I think we’re looking into why there was a …

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What you need to know if you didn’t receive Saturday’s emergency alert

If you didn’t receive the emergency alert Saturday on your phone, you’re not alone.  While many across the state received the warning, others didn’t find out about the scare until that evening. University of Hawaii technology expert Brian Chee, says more than 100 wireless carriers, including AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint volunteer to participate in the Wireless Emergency Alerts Program. “Authorized …

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